11/2/2005

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1/2/2005

The Home Business Dilemma - Success vs. Failure

Filed under: — HBH Site Admin @ 7:19 am

Regardless of your career or goals in life, no one wakes up, gets out of bed, and says to themselves “I’m going to fail today!” It’s the same in business whether you’re a brick and mortar store or a home based business owner.

I think what makes the Home Business owners unique is their drive and desire. For any of us, there are certain things we need to evaluate prior to undertaking such an endeavor as home based business ownership. What do I want to accomplish, how will I accomplish this goal, what are the demands I need to make upon my time to help me realize the goals I’m laying down, and the list goes on and on, but you get the idea.

Something as basic as why do I want to go into business for myself needs to be addressed well in advance of any other considerations. In my life experience, I have never been one to cater to clichés or warm fuzzy catch-phrases so I won’t wow you with any of them here.. I stick to simple, real truths.

The truths are; know that you will fail but, also know enough to learn a lesson from it and chalk it up in the win column as adding to your education. Success and failure are on the EXACT same road – success is just a little farther down that same road!

Seriously, can you imagine where we would be if someone such as Bill Gates gave up after what had to be more than a few attempts! More seriously than that is where Bill Gates would be without the contribution made by Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Edison! See how this comes full circle? Each thing dependent upon the others successes AND failures.

A rock solid work ethic does not go unnoticed or unrewarded. There are dividends here that will provide for you many times over. Believe it or not but this is probably the only business on the planet where we can all compete on a level playing field. That should be as exciting to you as it is to me! Truly it can be an overwhelming prospect literally having the world at your fingertips.

With each failure our knowledge grows, defeats are turned into victories; your self confidence grows as does your business and it goes on and on. There is no stopping that kind of momentum. When things do arise from time to time as they will, you will definitely be in a better position to handle these and they won’t seem so insurmountable as they once did.

Never ever give up, if you fall down, pick yourself up and start over. We are fortunate to have some of the best and brightest in the industry to assist us. Listen to your teachers carefully - do not try to re-invent the wheel. Those who have come before you have paid their dues in both time and money so make sure you’re a good follower.

Follow these simple examples and watch both yourself and your business grow. Both will need to change and evolve continually in order to stay fresh, up to date and ready to compete. Network as much as possible. Talk to your respective team members and find what works and what doesn’t. Valuable lessons if you’re working on limited funds!

Lastly, remember that no one will be harder on you than you so be sure to give yourself a break once in a while! It will come just don’t force it. Sure some people get lucky every once so often and hit the lottery but my friend, you stand a better chance starting your own e-business and the time has never been better.

For me, I love the diversity of working with a variety of people. I get to talk with, tutor and impart my message to people from the United States, India, Germany and even Greece! The cultures are great, there’s no barriers just plain people wanting something better. That doesn’t seem too difficult and the tools to accomplish this lowering of barriers have never been more readily available. We all have something to bring to the table – find out what your offering is and contribute to the common good. You will find that in time this type of generosity will be repaid to you ten fold both in supportive business associates and fiercely loyal customers.

About The Author

Chas is a Home Based Business Owner, Motivational Writer, and an Independent SFI Marketing Representative and may be reached at: http://work-from-home-make-extra-income.com or brothec@msn.com.

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Get Your Ezine ‘Out There’!

Filed under: — HBH Site Admin @ 6:58 am

Get Your Ezine ‘Out There’!

Placing your ezine in a Blog or a RSS Feed only takes
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Here are 5 solid reasons why you should publish your
ezine in a blog:

1. To Syndicate Your Ezine. Place your ‘content’
and ‘links’ on hundreds of sites. As you probably know by
now, the internet is a numbers game - the more links, the
more content you have ‘out there’ - the more traffic you
will receive.

Syndicating your ezine in a RSS Feed will also make it more
readily available to those who don’t check their email or
for those who get their email blocked by Spam Filters or
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2. Get Feedback From Your Readers. In my opinion this
is the most important reason to publish your ezine in your
blog. It allows for instant reader feedback.

Communication with your subscribers is essential for building
trust. Instant contact also adds creditability - you are
a real human being - ready to answer any questions a
subscriber might have.

As an extra bonus - your readers also get a chance to add
links to their site. Great for reciprocal linking.

3. Add to MyYahoo! By getting your subscribers to add
your blog to their ‘MyYahoo’ - your readers have immediate
access to your ezine. You don’t even need e-mail. The Spam
Filters can’t touch you!

By getting your subscribers to bookmark or Add your ezine/RSS
Feed to their MyYahoo - you’re building a large targeted
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subscribers.

4. Blogs Will Help Index Your Ezine Quickly. Get your
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sales, more subscribers. Using ‘MyYahoo’ will get your ezine
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The search engines are constantly looking for fresh content
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Because it’s so fast and easy - you will be publishing more
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site.

More links - higher PR rankings.

5. To Monetize Your Blog/Ezine. Many blogs such as
eBlogger encourages you to add the ‘adsense code’ to your
blog. If you have a large subscriber base you can earn extra
money from your ezine and blog for months; if not years to come.

This is in addition to all those affiliate links and product
promotions you have in your ezine. Get these links indexed
and earning you money for years to come!

In addition, as an extra bonus, by actually using RSS or a
blog you will become familiar with this new technology.
Maybe all the hype about RSS is somewhat overblown but in the
near future every web site will have it. Where’s there’s
hype - there’s interest!

Gear up now to take advantage of this interest. Put RSS on
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No one can afford not to use this opportunity to get their
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Tags - Revolutionary or Just Folly?

Filed under: — HBH Site Admin @ 6:41 am

Tags - Revolutionary or Just Folly?

Just another trend or something else?

Trends happen overnight! Some catch on fast and explode very quickly into our every day use.

Most of these trends you can ignore as silly folly or at the most fine amusement. Anyone remember pet rocks, Farrah Fawcett hairdos, or last year’s killer fashions?

Others, you have to pay more attention to: cell phones, digital cameras, mini-sites, optin lists, or email.

Right now, there’s another trend you should keep your eye on: ‘tags’.

What are tags? And why should you care about them?

Tags are a way of sorting and linking all that information in blogs and RSS Feeds. It groups together all the information on one particular subject.

It’s a democratic ’search engine’ for blogs.

Think of a ‘tag’ as a ‘keyword’ to be used in blogging and RSS Feeds (Feed tags are still in the works).

Tags have hit the radar lately because Technorati, which indexes 4.5 million blogs, started sorting blog posts by using tags.

They have created a folksonomy, drawing tags from different sources, mainly Flickr.com which sorts or groups pictures and from del.icio.us – where you create a tag when you bookmark a page.

Or if your blogging software has categories – this will be recognized by Technorati as a tag.

If you want to create a ‘tag’ it’s very simple; just place this code in your blog:

< *a href="http://technorati.com/tag/Computers" rel="tag">Computers< */a> (remove asterisks in actual code)

and you will have created a tag for computers.

A tag makes it easier and faster to find information on your favorite subject. It gives you a cross section of real views and opinions floating in the ether.

There are some inherent problems in this system; will the posts grow so quickly and so large – it’s like ‘finding a needle in a haystack’ or will you have to dig thru a lot of muck to find the scattered diamonds. Or maybe a ranking system will be put in place but this goes against the ‘democratic code’ of blogging.

Regardless, the traffic and marketing potential of ‘tags’ could be very beneficial to those who use it to their advantage.

A marketer with a product to introduce or promote could aggressively target tags as part of their advertising budget. As blogging increases in popularity – it’s something to watch!

As a website owner – tags could be a great source of targeted traffic. And the keyword here is ‘targeted’.

It’s the kind of visitor you want coming to your site or blog. It can only lead to a better quality visitor. Similar to a visitor coming from the major search engines. One that is really searching for your information.

The next big question, how will marketers exploit these tags to make a few bucks? Everyone knows that’s coming!

Will we have a ‘tag search engine’ that can rival the quality of a Google or Yahoo? Or do we need one?

As with any new trend – you never know how it will play out.

Some interesting questions have yet to be answered:

Tags are basically keywords for blogs – but as everyone knows the quality of links to these tags are not all equal. Will someone step in and rank these or will they remain democratic?

Just how will tags work for building content or links to your site? How will the search engines use these tags? How will marketers and advertisers exploit the potential of all this content and the content’s viewers?

Will we have tag-spamming? (Just what we need another form of spamming!) Someone flooding these tags with thousands of links to get traffic or sell a product.

Not to hype it too much but there’s a real ‘we’re entering unknown territory’ feeling with blogging and RSS lately. Heady days for those keeping a close watch on the events unfolding. There are countless applications probably already in the works for tags!

It could be the start of something big or it could just fizzle.

In any case – keep your eyes peeled to that cursor! There’s probably a tag on the end of it!

This trend may just offer more than fine amusement.

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